Spotting and Avoiding Scams in Our Communities

Community Media Workshop recently hosted a news briefing for ethnic media organizations on spotting and avoiding scams in our communities in partnership with New America Media and the Federal Trade Commission.

Consumer fraud is an enormous problem in our communities nation-wide, one that is particularly harmful for and prevalent in communities of recent immigrants.

A round table discussion followed introductory remarks by the panelists. Afterward, journalists had the opportunity to meet with and interview the panelists and over a dozen community organizations and advocacy groups. We look forward to seeing their coverage of this critical issue.

Read more about the event, access our source list and read an article about the event here.

Welcome Leadership Council and New Board Members

The Workshop held our inaugural Leadership Council meeting today, June 19, together with the Annual Board of Directors meeting. We were thrilled to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors as well.

Thank you so much to all our current board members, retiring board members and leadership council members. We were inspired by the wonderful ideas you brought to the table today and are looking forward to a great year ahead.

Board of Directors and Leadership Council Meeting

Our Leadership Council:

•    Johnathon Briggs, PCI
•    Michael Burke, Buffett Early Childhood
•    Emily Culbertson, Emily Culbertson Consulting
•    Valerie Denney, Valerie Denney Communications
•    Luisa Echevarria, Univision
•    Laurie Glenn, ThinkInc.
•    Cornelia Grumman, University of Chicago
•    Mark Hallett, Illinois Humanities Council
•    Marj Halperin, Marj Halperin Consulting
•    Jeff McCarter, Free Spirit Media
•    Mary Morton, Morton Group
•    Eva Penar, Chicago Community Trust
•    Sheila Solomon, Rivet Radio
•    Carol Summerfield, TeamWorks Media
•    Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times

Our Board of Directors:

•    Gary Arnold, Access Living
•    Claudia Banks, Safer Foundation
•    Thomas Bradley, Laner Muchin
•    Mandy Burrell Booth, Metropolitan Planning Council
•    Ofelia Casillas, Edelman Chicago
•    Hanke Gratteau, Journalist
•    James O’Shea, Author and Journalist
•    William Parker, Editor
•    Teresa Puente, Columbia College Chicago
•    Susy Schultz, Community Media Workshop
•    Jill Stewart, DePaul University
•    Alejo Torres, Federal Reserve Bank
•    Patrick Wilmot, Pace Suburban Bus

Keeping the Peace, Peacefully: What did we learn?

Interested in learning more about the discussions and lessons learned from our McCormick Foundation Specialized Reporting Institute on Police, Race and Community Relations?

Articles about the Institute and additional resources for journalists reporting on these critical issues are available here.


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